Town offices

To the Editor:

A recent edition of The Caledonian-Record featured a front-page story describing former town offices that are, mostly, no longer filled. One of these was described as Receivers of the Poor.

That office was actually Overseer of the Poor. The person filling that office received and distributed government commodities of foods and arranged for housing, medical and hospital care and other needs of indigent residents. The Overseer was familiar with needy persons and filed an annual report of his or her activities, which was then printed in the annual Town Report.

By the late 1960s the Vermont Department of Social Welfare had assumed the duties of the town overseers. This change resulted in the elimination of local identification of needy folks.

Sincerely,

Lois F. White

Danville, Vt.

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